Trauma is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Computed tomography examinations play an important role in the management of patients with major trauma. Though abdominal trauma is less common compared to head injuries, the associated morbidity and mortality are substantial. It is easier to diagnose solid abdominal injuries than intestinal or mesenteric injuries on CT examinations. However, recognition of bowel injury is very important as a delay in diagnosis increases the morbidity and mortality. Hence, with every CT of the abdomen and pelvis, the radiologist must look for signs of bowel and mesenteric injury. This pictorial review presents various CT findings of blunt intestinal injury in children.
- Blunt abdominal trauma
- Intestinal injury
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging